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Toms River receives approval to develop plan for bike and pedestrian paths

Toms River Township officials have received approval from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to develop a plan for a township-wide bicycle and pedestrian path network.

According to township officials, the plan will identify a priority bicycle and pedestrian network that links key destinations such as schools, parks, downtown Toms River, Winding River Trail, and the developing River Walk trail.

Part of the plan will also outline recommendations for the township to implement future transportation investment. The bicycle and pedestrian plan will be developed during the fall and spring and is expected to be completed by July in 2019.

“Toms River will benefit from having improved bicycle and pedestrian paths. This not only gives our residents and visitors another means of travel without having to use a car, but it also spurs recreational and physical activity for the whole family.” Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher said.

The plan will identify opportunities to create, enhance, and expand walking and bicycling facilities throughout the township.

Township officials said the goal is to advance Toms River’s vision for safe bicycle and pedestrian travel throughout the community.

Residents, businesses, elected officials and stakeholders will participate and provide their input throughout the project through the involvement of a project Steering Committee and outreach efforts including a project website, community survey, public visioning workshops and a public open house.

“I want to thank the business administrator for moving forward on this. This is an example of a good job. It is a win, win, win,” Toms River Councilman Maurice Hill said.

The township will be participating in the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s  Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Local Technical Assistance Program.

According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, this program fosters the development of active transportation by providing technical planning assistance and professional services to municipalities.

Toms River will be working with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and its consultant company, NV5, with a sub-consultant company Stokes Creative Group, on the Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan will focus on the mainland portion of the Township.

“We are really moving the ball forward on our bike path vision,”  Toms River Council Vice President George Wittmann said.

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